With their 5th pick in the draft the Yankees took another high schooler, Greg Bird. Listed at 6-4 and 205-pounds, Bird played mostly first base in school, but was taken as a catcher in the draft. He’s a left hand hitter with a good bat and power. He is committed to Arkansas.
Bird is an extremely hard worker who has been on the prospect scene since his days of catching Dodger prospect Kevin Gausman.
Here is a brief excerpt on him from Baseball America:
There are questions about his footwork and his catch and release behind the plate, and Bird played first base and designated hitter primarily at Tournament of Stars. Bird said he loves catching because he likes being in control of the game, but he ultimately doesn’t care where he plays, he just wants the chance to get on the field.
Regardless of what the future holds for Bird defensively, the reason most top college programs have come calling is because of his impressive ability at the dish. Despite his injury, Bird hit .660 with 13 home runs as a junior and was even intentionally walked six times in one game. Grandview head coach Dean Adams said Bird is “by far the best hitter I have ever coached and seen” and called him “a teaching tool for other kids” because of how fundamentally sound he is.
After impressing a smattering of scouts and crosscheckers at Tropicana Field with a long triple off a 90 mph fastball from top prospect Tyler Beede, Bird used his exceptional plate discipline, great hands, and a simple swing to make an impression in Cary as well.
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